Anglo-Saxons. It is a product of their having lived near a ford, a shallow place in a river or stream which could be crossed by wading. The surname Byfforthy is derived from the Old English words bi, which means by, and ford, which means ford. The surname Byfforthy may also be derived from residence in the settlement of Byford in Hertfordshire.
Early Origins of the Byfforthy family
Herefordshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, long before the advent of the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William of Normandy in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Byfforthy family
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Byfforthy Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Byfforthy include Biford, Biforde, Byford, Byforde, Bifford, Byfford, Biffard, Biffort, Byfford and many more.
Early Notables of the Byfforthy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byfforthy family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Byfforthy were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: William Byford who arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; Thomas, William, and Martha Byford, arrived in Barbados in 1664; and later transferred to the mainland in Virginia.
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